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dozens of times across the country. in some cases vehicles crashed and people died. >> i have a vehicle i won't drive because it's a safety hazard and i can't sell it. >> reporter: toyota thought it was a floor problem. then last week recalled millions of vehicles to fix the gas pedal. the company first became aware of the problem more than two years ago but only suspended sales after being told to by the federal government. now toyota has thousands of cars it can't tell sell right now and will stop production monday at five assembly plants until it can find the fix. it's tough to be a toyota dealer this week. >> but i think in the next couple of days things will come out and get better for us. to understand what we're supposed to do so the consumer knows what to do. >> reporter: that's all consumers really want. brad wheelis, abc news, los angeles. time for your thursday forecast. snow from new mexico to texas and oklahoma where they'll also see ice.
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up to 2 inches of rain and severe thunderstorms in dallas, waco, and san antonio. 40-mile-an-hour winds and snow from western new york to northern new england. and lingering lake-effect snow in michigan. >> highs in the teens in detroit and chicago and single digits from minneapolis to fargo. 30s billgso albuquerque. 36 in boston. 44 in new york. let's go to the lovely town of lewisburg, kansas, where a couple has been together so long they say they even have the same thoughts. >> that is so sweet. vern and virgil eisenhower are celebrating their 81st wedding anniversary. they met over 90 years ago. they tied the knot on january 26th, 1929 when they were just 16 and 17 years old. the eisenhowers say they can't even remember a time when they weren't together. >> lucky him. vern still works -- >> i'm picking up on your sarcasm sarcasm. >> vern still works as a rancher. they spend a lot of time with family. her name is verbal. do you think that she has been
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verbal over the course of the past few decades? >> why can't you just appreciate their love? >> i'm just saying. >> sometimes i think can read your thoughts. >> yeah? >> even though there ain't no love here. >> and they're not repeatable on network television. we'll be right back with more "world news now." uned for this important medire benefit information and free scooter guarantee. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your mobility and your life. / one medicare benefit that, with private insurance / may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... great news. / your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. why should you call the scooter store today? because their mobility experts are also medicare experts. and that means the scooter store is your best shot at qualifying for a scooter that costs you little to nothing. hi i'm doug harrison. at the scooter store, 97% of our medicare customers / pay little to nothing out of pocket.
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look at this. president obama's featured on the cover of february 1st issue of "the new yorker" magazine. the first panel shows him walking on water as he once had the reputation for being able to do it all. in the last panel as we move on down the screen you can see that the magic is gone and he falls right in. a reflection of a wounded president. he jokingly told abc news he wants to get a giant one of these magazine covers and put it up in his office. >> he's often commented on that now, saying you used to perceive one way, now you perceive another way, and i haven't changed at all. the president worked to get some of that luster back last night with his state of the union address. most of the speech focussed on the economy and on jobs. >> but president obama also talked about his contentious bank bailout and the stalled health care reform effort too. here are some excerpts from the
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address. >> despite our hardships, our union is strong. we do not give up. we do not quit. we do not allow fear or division to break our spirit. in this new decade, it's time the american people get a government that matches their decency. that embodies their strength. and tonight, tonight i'd like to talk about how together we can deliver on that promise. it begins with our economy. our most urgent -- our most urgent task upon taking office was to shore up the same banks that helped cause this crisis. it was not easy to do. and if there's one thing that has unified democrats and republicans, and everybody in between, is that we all hated the bank bailout. i hated it. i hated it you hated it.
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it was about as popular as a root canal. but when i ran for president, i promised i wouldn't just do what was popular. i would do what was necessary. and if we had allowed the melt-down of the financial system, unemployment might be double what it is today. more businesses would certainly have closed. more homes would have surely been lost. so i supported the last administration's efforts to create the financial rescue program. and when we took that program over, we made it more transparent anmore accountable, and as a result, the markets are now stabilized and we've recovered most of the money we spent on the bank
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most but not all. to recover the rest, i've proposed a fee on the biest banks. now -- [ applause ] now, i know wall street isn't keen on this idea. but if these firms can afford to hand out big bonuses again, they can afford a modest fee to pay back the taxpayers who rescued them in their time of need. and it is precisely to relieve the burden on middle class families that we still need health insurance reform. yes, we do.
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now, let's clear a few things up. i didn't choose to tackle this issue to get some legislative victory under my belt. and my now it should be fairly obvious that i didn't take on health care because it was good politics. i took on health care because of the stories i've heard. from arica with pre-existing conditions whose lives depend on getting coverage. patients who have been denied coverage. families, even those with insurance, who are just one illness away from financial ruin. after nearly a century of trying, democratic administrations, republican administrations, we are closer
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than ever to bringing more security to the lives of so many americans. the approach we've taken would protect every american from the worst practices of the insurance industry. it would give small businesses and uninsured americans a chance to choose an affordable health care plan in a competitive market. it would require every insurance plan to cover preventive care. and by the way i want to acknowledge our first lady michelle obama, who this year is creating a national movement to tackle the epidemic of childhood obesity and make kids healthier. thank you, honey. the spirit that has sustained this nation for more than two centuries lives on in you. its people. we have finished a difficult year. we have come through a difficult decade. but a new year has come.
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a new decade stretches before us. we don't quit. i don't quit. let's seize this moment to start anew. to carry the dream forward. and to strengthen our union once more. thank you, god bless you, and god bless the united states of america. >> by now you've heard some of what the experts thought about the speech. we asked you to logon to our facebook fan page and tell us what you think and actually grade the speech. it's a c, he didn't say anything new and did not address the real problems for our economy. the high school dropout rate. >> jorge gave the president an "a." he said an "a" for me on the student loans and ending don't ask, don't tell. given what he had to begin with i'm sure he will get better as we head into his second year. >> a lot of "as." >> you can go to facebook and weigh in. we have dozens of responses. when we come back, they've been practically sleepless
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waiting for apple's new tablet. apple fanatics chubby checker: hi i'm chubby checker. a new twist in the law makes it easier than ever to save on your medicare prescription drug plan costs. so what are you waiting for? go to www.socialsecurity.gov and apply for extra help. it's easier than learning the twist.
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ñññññññññññññññññññññññññññññññññññññññññññññññññññññññññññññññññññññññññññññññññññññ and there it is. the new apple ipad. i almost said ipod. steve jobs took the wraps off of it yesterday in san francisco. it goes on sale in two months starting at about 500 bucks. it's half an inch thick and weighs 1 1/2 pounds. jobs calls the ipad his greatest creation yet. >> that's saying something. yesterday we heard from three guys who were watching the big announcement very closely. they're bloggers and columnists and they're huge apple fanatics. >> perhaps some of the tought people for steve jobs to please. this morning we hear from them again. do they like what they see? >> this is atlantihaynie. author of a book about steve jobs. i think it looks really
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unbelievab. like the mac in 1994, a completely new way of doing things. >> i'm craig purnell, contributor to mac format magazine. the ipad announcement surprised me inasmuch as i got everything i wanted. in reality is that computer. optional keyboard dock which i think is a really great idea. a surprisingly low price point for apple. that screen you heard earlier, only ten bucks each. >> patrick reporter from just another iphone blog.com. the most surprising thin was the price point, starting price of $499 is lower than most, we're guessing i think, and quite a nice one. battery life would be the next one. if that's any more close to accurate, when you're really using the thing and you can get ten hours out of it, then that's pretty impressive as well. >> it's really, really dead simple computing. this is the first computer that you could buy for your grandmother and then not have to
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worry about giving her tech support for the rest of her life. >> i think artists are going to do amazing and wonderful things with it. they already do on the iphone. given this bigger canvas they're going to do unbelievable. >> a the first i couldn't get my noodle around it. why didn't it have a video camera on it? it seemed video conferencing was a no-brainer for this device. one is cost. how do they get this thing to cost $499? they had to leave some stuff out. the other explanation is if you have this thing sitting in your lap, you've got a camera staring up underneath your chair and that's not flattering. that gives everyone a double chin. there's a huge geek backlash online. but i don'think they've really got it. you have to go to the store and play with this thing and see how much fun it is to use and how easy it is to use and how convenient. it's no-brainer computing. >> there are announcements, people don't like the fact that it doesn't have a camera, it doesn't have a phone, you can
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only run one application at a time. but still, come on. a lot of people wonder, should i get this version or in a year if there's another version, should i get that version?
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"world news now" delivers your "morning papers." >> it's time for your "morning papers." if you ever visited new york or live in new york and you take the subway safe to say it's an experience. >> yeah. >> you never know what you're going to see or smell or be a part of. >> the smell thing definitely. >> this first paper though is pretty interesting. a guy walks in wearing an mta shirt. this is the uptown 6 train. the next thing you know he begins wrestling with a live chicken. he's lying on the subway floor next to a grocercart that's loaded with just junk. beer cans, junk. you see the guy start to fight with the chicken. he's hugging it, holding it over his head, just in the middle of the subway car. you see someone just walked by unfazed. how do people in new york
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respond? they just get out their cameras and start recording the whole thing. >> i'm surprised they even did that. most people would be like, oh, whatever, it's new york, i'm getting back to reading my paper. >> that is weird, someone fighting with a chicken. >> did you see the movie "borat"? >> you the question is because he had an mta shirt on, does he work for the mmta? can they figure out who this person? they're searching because as you imagine they don't want livestock on the subway. >> he was standing right there on the subway choking that chicken. this is not good to do. >> he did, he did. honest to god, he did. >> all right. >> oh. >> on we go. okay. i'm all for animal rights. i've even spent most of the month of january not eating meat, which has been a horrible experience for me. but i thought i'd see if i can do it just out of -- >> that's not true, he is
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feeling much better, he told me. >> i am but i really want a burger. february 1st i'll have one. february 2nd in gobbler's knob in pennsylvania -- that's not a joke. >> i know. just on the heels of the other one. >> punxsutawney phil will be making his way out, of course. and this year, p.e.t.a. is saying, look, let's get rid of the charade, stop using a real groundhog, let's have an animatronnic groundhog, it's the more humane thing to do. the folks there are saying, this is blasphemous, crazy they say punxsutawney phil has air condioning in the summer, his pen is heated in the winter, he has a tv. what more do you want? p.e.t.a. is saying let's go with the fake animatronnic -- >> they could rig it, couldn't they? >> some people think they rig it. how do you know if a groundhog sees its shadow?
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this morning, the state of the union. >> i have never been more hopeful about america's future than i am tonight. >> the embattled president addresses a gloomy nation, attempting to recharge his administration and its agenda. we have full coverage and reaction. expanding recall. toyota adds more cars to the reca list as confused customers wonder, what's next? >> i have a vehicle that i won't drive and i can't sell. and, apple's unveiling. >> that's what it looks like. >> taking the wraps off its newest invention. the ipad. it's thursday, january 28th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> lots to talk about this morning. thanks for joining us. i'm jeremy hubbard. >> i'm vinita nair. president obama says he gets that americans are frustrated but it doesn't mean he's giving
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up on his campaign promise of hope and change. >> the question, did he get his message across? t.j. winick joins us now from washington with more on the speech. good morning, t.j. >> reporter: good evening. before a joint session of congress the president acknowledged some missteps over the past year, but that didn't stop him from pushing an aggressive agenda. >> the president of the united states. >> reporter: delivering his first state of the union address, barack obama didn't sound like a president humbled by historic efforts to fix the economy and health care. >> despite our hardships, our union is strong. we do not give up. we do not quit. we do not allow fear or division to break our spirit. >> reporter: the president spent most of the speech on the economy and jobs, offering help for middle class families -- >> we'll extend our midd class tax cuts. >> reporter: and small businesses. >> i'm also proposing a new small business tax credit. one that will go to over 1 million small businesses who
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hire new workers or raise wages. >> reporter: while pushing spending frees to help drive down the budget deficit. >> starting in 2011, we are prepared to freeze government spending for three years. >> reporter: on the unfinished business of health care reform, the president left little doubt where he stood. >> don't walk away from reform. not now. not when we are so close. let us find a way to come together and finish the job for the american people. >> reporter: delivering the gop response from richmond is new virginia governor bob mcdonnell. >> in the past year, more than. 3 million people have lost their jobs. yet the democratic congress continues deficit spending, adding to the bureaucracy, and increasing the national debt on our children and our grandchildren. >> reporter: the president now hits the road to try and sell some of his policies. his first stop will be thursday in tampa where he and the vice president will hold a town hall-style event. live in washington, this is t.j. winick, abc news reporting. now back to you.
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>> t.j., the critiques were instantaneous. we noticed some congressmen and congresswomen were on twitter talking about the state of the union speech. any tweets that stood out to you? >> reporter: yes, jeremy. in fact, i have some right here on my laptop. got a couple from the republican side. virginia foxx, republican congresswoman from north carolina, she tweeted, state of the union noninspiring, people are asking, where's the beef? talk is cheap. need more than rhetoric. dan burton, the outspoken republican congressman from indiana, said tonight the president simply adjusted his rhetoric in an uncandid attempt to sell his failed agenda of more spending and more taxes. as you might imagine, supportive tweets on the democratic side. senator chris dodd said, i only hope my republican colleagues use this moment as an opportunity to rethink their strategy of mindless obstructionism. senator arlen specter finally, i agree, mr. president, it's time to end don't ask don't tell, sexual orientation has nothing to do with patriotism.
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>> just the beginning of what will certainly be a lot of days of in-depth analysis. t.j. winick on capitol hill, thank you. we want to know what you thought of the speech. >> go to our facebook fan page to answer our question of the morning. what grade would you give the president's speech? logon to facebook.com/abcworldnewsnow. north korea claims it is holding an american man for trespassing on its border with china. the man was not identified and the north korean news agency provided no other details. it is the second arrest of a u.s. citizen by the north in the past several weeks. robert park, an american missionary, was detained late last month after crossing the border. now another story from haiti. a stunning story of survival. a full 15 days after the earthquake, french rescue workers pulled a 17-year-old girl from the rubble of a destroyed college campus. she was extremely weak and severely dehydrated with a broken leg. crews are hoping for yet another
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miracle at that location. they plan to use radar in case more survivors are trapped. well, there are problems for even more toyota drivers this morning. the automaker is recalling another 1 million or so vehicles because the floor mats could jam the gas pedal. that is after the company ordered its dealers to stop selling many popular models because of similar safety issues. here's our brian ross. >> reporter: in tokyo at toyota world headquarters the company sent out security guards to demand abc news turn off the cameras and ave the premises. we did neither and then a spokesman came out to talk. >> if the rope reason of the accident -- >> reporter: in the empty showroom in new york city the manager told us to leave the building. >> what i would like to do is escort you out the door. because right now there's nothing else i can do for you. >> reporter: after reports of thousands of accidents and 20 deaths, toyota's advice that owners of the cars affected should keep driving them despite the possible always zard was met with astonishment and derision.
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>> you're saying we know this part is defective or that it's not a safe part, and on the other hand, you're also saying, well, but the chances are this won't happen to you. >> reporter: there were also questions of a possible cover-up by toyota. documents filed with the federal government by toyota show the company first received field reports of the sticking gas pedals more than two years ago, and by last october saw a growing problem. yet its top executives kept that quiet, saying the only possible reason for its runaway cars was loose floor mats. >> it's important to note that no defect exists in vehicles in which the driver's side floor mat is compatible with the vehicle and properly secured. >> reporter: now the fallout for toyota is huge. >> 50% of our vehicles are being affected by this. >> reporter: many toyota owners are furious and afraid to drive their cars. >> i have a vehicle that i won't drive because it is a safety hazard and i can't sell. >> reporter: one couple in los angeles seemed ready to switch brands. >> i don't know, go honda, i
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guess. >> reporter: in new york, an abc news undercover reporter was told there was no reason for her to go elsewhere as the salesman falsely claimed the safety recall did not affect any of the new cars in the showroom. even though all of the recalls involved 2010 models. >> no, no, there's nothing to be concerned about, to be honest with you. >> okay. >> and it's really for older model vehicles. >> reporter: the man's boss said the salesman had not yet been fully briefed on the details of the massive recall. which toyota said is voluntary, but federal officials say they had to demand. brian ross, abc ne, new york. here now is a look at your thursday forecast. about half a foot of snow for new mexico and texas mixing with ice as it moves into oklahoma. heavy rain and scattered severe thunderstorms from dallas to waco and san antonio. windy with snow in western new york and northern new england. >> 36 in boston. 50 in baltimore. 57 in atlanta toy. single digits in fargo and minneapolis. and teens from omaha to detroit.
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50s in seattle and sacramento. an44 in boise. speaking of weather, a family in colorado was looking for a scenic mountainside view. but mother nature got a whole lot closer than they ever imagined. >> a risk of living in durango. an avalanche sent snow crashing into their brand new home. the snow punched through the side of the house. it ripped out drywall, filled up several rooms. luckily the home wasn't quite finished so nobody was there. >> the family says they were planning to move in early next month. hopefully they have a plan b.
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welcome back to "world news now." treasury secretary timothy geithner was put on a spit and grilled up on capitol hill yesterday.
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representatives from both sides of the aisle vented their anger over the $180 billion bailout of insurance giant aig and the secretary fought back. john karl was there. >> reporter: talk about a buzz saw. >> this may turn out to be the largest theft in history. >> it just stinks to the high heaven what happened here. >> reporter: democrats and republicans hammered tim geithner but the feisty treasury secretary fought back. >> i think you're punting the blame and i think you're trying to position yourself as the -- >> you don't know me very well. >> and yet -- >> you don't know me very well. i will take -- >> we're not getting the whole story, we're getting a lame story in a monumental backdoor decision of bailout for which the american taxpayers will stay on the hook for huge amounts of money. and you fail to take some steps to further protect the taxpayer interests. and i think that's grounds for your removal. >> congressman, i was there. i know what i was responsible for. i take full responsibility and
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as i said, great pride in those judgments. >> reporter: at issue, much of the taxpayer money aig got was funneled directly to big banks that insured their riskiest investments with aig. goldman sachs got $16 billion, 100 cents on the dollar. why didn't geithner negotiate a better deal? >> it makes me doubt your commitment to the american people and i think the commitment to goldman sachs trumped the responsibility that our officials had to the american people. >> congressman, i respect your opinion. i know you hold those opinions strongly. but i completely disagree. >> reporter: the bottom line for geithner, failure to bail out aig would have been disastrous. >> thousands of more factories would have closed their doors. millions more americans would have lost their jobs. people would have rushed to take their money out of banks. it would have brought about utter collapse. >> reporter: geithner's unwavering defense of the aig
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bailout isn't going over well here on capitol hill. privately more and more democrats are expressing frustration with his performance as treasury secretary. john than jonathan karl, abc news, capitol hill. coming up next after months of build-up, apple's newest gadget is finally here and we all know what it's called, the ipad. >> what does it do? will it change everyth
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welcome back. san francisco was the center of the universe for computer geeks yesterday. that is where apple ceo steve jobs finally unveiled his company's long-awaited new tablet device called the ipad. >> it is something between a laptop and an iphone but will it catch on and will it be a game-changer? john donvan looks into it. >> apple's doing a good job of building up the hype. >> rorter: it was one long tease before steve jobs finally got up there and told us all the name. >> the ipad. >> reporter: ah, so it's not the itablet or the islate as we have heard through months of speculation apple's latest new thing was going to change the world.
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>> let me show it to you now. this is what it looks like. >> reporter: just what does this thing do, this ipad? >> you can browse the web with it. phenomenal for mail. it's a dream to type on. look at all your photos. built in a calendar, address book maps ss applications. you can discover music, you can purchase it. movies, tv shows, podcasts. >> reporter: it's not available till march starting at $500. and the big question is not whether this slab of carbon is going to sell well. we'll have to see on that. but the question is if apple's talking, then we're in for a revolution. right? well, not necessary. remember this? at all? >> the most natural way to get your thoughts down is to jot or to sketch. >> we wanted newton to be that natural. >> reporter: the newton was a 1993 device from apple that, like the ipad, was mostly screen that you could write on and take anywhere with you.
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but it went nowhere. it never caught on. in part because it never had -- >> there's an app for just about anything. >> reporter: apps, short for applications, symbolized by those extra colorful little rectangles that once pushed turn a device into a calendar, a game of scrabble, a visit to your bank. apps are what made the iphone. they're important. when we're talking apps we are talking a lot of apps. lots of apps that let you, for real, send a fax. scan a business card. shoot a video. get directions. book a trip. not to mention all the games. build a new world. steal a car. shoot down aliens. play tetris. and then there's all the make-believe. the make-believe beer, the make-believe zipper, the make-believe lighter. last but not least, the app that does this. [ rude noise ] must i explain? apps dependent on apple are an economy unto themselves. most of them created by outside firms like freeverse, a small software company in brooklyn, new york.
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>> we've been developing for the iphone since it launched and we're very much in that world now. we've pretty much turned all of our assets of our company toward iphone development. and the tablet is just very exciting. it's a bigger canvas on which to work. >> reporter: there's a little bit of chicken and egg magic at work here. apps need the device but the device also needs apps. >> everywhere around this ecosystem is magic and potentially explosive -- >> what makes it magic right now? >> what makes it magic is mobile, the mobile internet, the mobile experience was all sort of hypothetical. until the iphone came. and now i think everyone sees that it's real. and it's here. >> reporter: and it's not just software companies. all kinds of firms are putting out apps. >> if you want to find the car that you've got reserved you can give it a command that it will beep the horn. ♪ say good-bye to dixie land ♪ >> reporter: tune corps, another brooklyn company, is hoping apps will bring musicians and fans
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closer together. >> the hope is this app is going to do what for you once it's out there? >> the hope is it's going to give our fans a way to get sort of more deeply immersed with the music. >> reporter: steve jobs sat through much of his presentation to make a point. the ipad is meant to be something that you sit back with. like a magazine. >> they're not, you know, leaning forward into the computer screen, looking for information. they're leaning back. you know. in their chair. >> as you do with a paper magazine. >> exactly. >> reporter: no doubt they saw that todayere. at bonier publications in new york. owner of a lot of famous media titles, bonier has already built most of an app it plans to plant the ipad. >> you want to be entertained. i want to have this lean-back experience. then we believe that we can create something that is more about story telling. >> reporter: like paper magazines that people pay for. or used to. until the internet addicted
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everyone to news for free. but can the ipad make people willing to pay again? they sure hope so. at a time when readers have gotten used to going to the internet and not paying a dime to read the articles are you going to model where you want them to start paying? yes, you're nodding yes. that's important. >> yes, that is key. >> and i can just scroll around here. and look at the whole front page of the "new york times." >> reporter: the "new york times" is also on board. in fact, today it was onstage. jobs also announced the launch of ibooks, an online bookstore. maybe digital is about to save print. we'll see. the ipad. not another newton. or so they hope. i'm john donvan in brooklyn, new york. >> it's just so darn cool. >> i think i'm most excited to see if this really can go a long way to resurrecting the print industry. so many people have pronounced newspapers dead, books too. we just don't buy these often because we get content free online. perhaps now we'd be lling to
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finally for us this half hour, the president's pitbull. chief of staff rahm emanuel gave up his seat in the house and a chance to be majority leader to help president obama work his agenda through congress. >> that hasn't gone so well lately. what does the administration's second year look like now? diane sawyer asked him. >> the president wants his jobs bill by when and how many jobs will it create? >> jobs number one, middle class number two, jobs is number three. he wants the legislation that focuses on helping small businesses hire folks. >> what's realistically the earliest you think you could --
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>> the house -- well, i think in the next couple of months. the house has already passed a bill. and the senate's going to take something up in the next two weeks. >> two times you have rolled the health care rock up the hill. the clinton administration and now. and two times you have seen it crash back down. what do you say to yourself about this one? are you that zen, to come this close? >> no, i'm not. >> the second time have it -- >> no, but i have exercised so i'm a little calmer. no, i'm not zen about it. it is incredibly frustrating. the notion that this is the first president who had a health insurance reform bill pass on both the house and the senate. that's never been done before. >> does he give some sense of when he thinks this must happen? >> look. when today's done, today's over, 14,000 americans will have lost their health care. he is insistent that we get health care reform done this year. you're focused on time. he believes it's essential we do this. that's why he's dedicated so
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much of, for lack of a better way of saying it, his political capital to getting it done. >> are you here until the end of 2010 for sure? >> yes. >> beyond? >> do you mind if i talk to my wife first about it? yeah. >> but the critics from your own party say that you've become the dick cheney of the president's white house. >> that's kind of -- the dick cheney at the president's white house? that's an insult to dick cheney. >> i'm not sure that's the way it was intended. a lot of speculation, will he stick around, will he be around to see all these ideas and plans through to fruition. he had an a.m.mbitious political career before the white house. >> it was funny, when diane point blank asked him, i think you should probably ask my wife. he sort of treated her -- handled a lot of those questions well. >> speaking of the president's speech, as we have bee
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this morning, the president outlines a new agenda in his first state of the union, saying it's time to start anew. >> despite our hardships, our union is strong. we do not give up. we do not quit. >> he outlines new ways to create jobs, get tough on big banks, and gets a rare reaction from a supreme court justice. but did he say enough to quiet his critics? abc political experts weigh in. and, amazing rescue. trapped for more than two weeks, crews free a girl from deep inside the rubble. one of her tireless rescuers cam calls it a miracle. it's thursday, january 28th. calls it a miracle. it's thursday, january 28th. >> from abc news, this is "world news." >> from abc ne >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> another amazing rescue. we're more than two weeks away
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now, well past the time rescuers thought they'd find people alive still. we still are finding them. >> it's an unbelievable story too. she was severely dehydrated, very weak, as you would expect. but she's alive and that's all that matters. >> amazing. >> good morning. you'll hear much more about that story coming up. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm jeremy hubbard. a sometimes defiant president obama insisted he's not backing down about his core message of change but he admitted to major missteps in his first year. >> in trying to redefine his goals the president now says creating jobs is priority one and he's inviting dissenters to get on board. rick kline is in washington with all the details. good morning, rick. >> reporter: jeremy and vinita, president obama walked into the house chamber near the low point of his year-old presidency facing a skeptical public and a skittish congress. >> despite our hardships, our union is strong. we do not give up. we do not quit. we do not allow fear or division
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to break our spirit. >> reporter: the president acknowledged political setbacks and the loss of some of the hope that surrounded his election. but rather than change course, he vowed a recommitment to democratic party values. on jobs, the environment, and national security. >> i know that all of us love this coury. all of us are committed to its defense. let's leave behind the fear and division and do what it takes to defend our nation and forge a more hopeful future for america and for the world. >> reporter: health care was the centerpiece of his first year in office. that's been a disappointment. but the president put it in terms of communications failures, not policy. >> i want everyone to take another look at the plan we've proposed. there's a reason why many doctors, nurses and health care experts who know our system best consider this approach a vast improvement over the status quo. >> reporter: in the republican response, virginia governor bob mcdonnell honed in on the president's health care plans. >> most americans do not want to
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turn over the best medical care system in the world to the federal government. >> reporter: one theme of the speech, the need to better connect his policies to the real lives of americans. >> we don'quit. i don't quit. let's seize this moment. to start anew. to carry the dream forward. and to strengthen our union once more. >> reporter: the president will be on the road later today trying to rally support for his policies as he plans to be at least once a week for the foreseeable future. jeremy and vinita? >> all right, thanks, rick. we're already getting responses to our facebook question of the day. what grade would you give the president's speech? we hope that you'll logon to facebook.com/abcworldnewsnow and weigh in. more than two weeks after haiti's devastating earthquake another survivor has been pulled from the rubble of a destroyed school. crews say the rescue is nothing short of a miracle. david wright reports from haiti's capital of port-au-prince.
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>> reporter: 15 days after the earthquake, another incredible story of survival. here in port-au-prince, french rescuers pulled 15-year-old darlene etienne from the rubble of her school. she's severely dehydrated and weak. she has been transported to a french navy hospital ship for treatment. and incredibly, this is the second miracle rescue this week. the other one happened, appropriately enough, on miracle street here in port-au-prince, about two blocks away from the local cathedral which was ruined in the earthquake. the man's name is rico dibrivell, 31 years old, being treated at a u.s. army hospital. we went to visit him and the doctors told us he's making a strong recovery. these incredible survival stories are some of the few glimmers of hope in an otherwise dire situation and the aid effort is focussed on alleviating the suffering of the 200,000 people who have been left homeless by all this. the u.n. says that there are 20,000 tents here in the country but they have no good explanation for why they've made no visible progress on building
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proper tent camps for the people that have been displaced. as if that weren't enough, there have been 50 aftershocks in the past 15 days. people are afraid to go into just about any building. and there's the ongoing threat of rain. and that would make life that much more miserable for people who are trying to survive out on the streets with little or no shelter at all. david wrightabc news, port-au-prince. >> and what makes these latest rescues even more amazing is the fact that crews have been told to refocus on recovery. they're now insisting they want to continue looking for more survivors and they plan to implement radar. back here at home, toyota is recalling another 1 million vehicles because the floor mats could jam the gas pedals. that's after the company suspended sales of some models because of similar safety problems earlier this week. what about toyota's advice to owners of affected cars, that they should keep driving despite the possible hazard? >> you're saying we know this part is defective or that it's not a safe part, and on the
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other hand, you're also saying, well, but the chances are this won't happen to you. >> three top rental car companies -- hertz, avis, and enterprise -- said late yesterday they are going to start pulling toyotas from their fleets. former presidential candidate john edwards and his wife elizabeth are now legally separated. edwards called the separation an extraordinarily sad moment and said he still cares deeply about elizabeth and their children. it comes a week after he publicly acknowledged his daughter from an affair. just before a tell-all book by a former aide is being released. now here is a look at your thursday weather. a snow storm hits new mexico, texas, and oklahoma. up to 20 inches in the mountains. half a foot around amarillo. an icy mix in tulsa and oklahoma city. drenching rain, hail and damaging winds in the eastern half of texas. windy with snow from buffalo to maine. >> frigid across the nation's midsection. 4 in fargo. 6 in the twin cities.
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16 in chicago. new york climbs to 44 today. miami 76. 30s for albuquerque and salt lake city. >> i'm going to have to tell my in-laws, half a foot in amarillo. they're going to be upset, digging out. >> amarillo by morning. know that song? we have finally gotten to see what techies everywhere were the new i >> you won't be able to buy one forothee it's going to cost or so. becky worley was at the unvein sncis >> reporter: the rumors were true. steve jobs announced the ipad, a 9.7-inch color display, touch screen, only a half inch thick, weighs 1 1/2 pounds. steve jobs sat on a couch casually crossing his legs to show how the tablet computing experience is different from using a laptop. it has a built-in e-reader to begin withalled ibook. publishers like penguin, harper, simon and schuster, mcmillan and others are signed up. color photosnd videos can be integrated into the e-pub standard of these books. of course, ipad browses the web.
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you pinch and pull, drag and tap to control theevice much like an iphone. it works with itunes to play music and videos and runs iphone apps full-size. the "new york times" has already created an app for the ipad that captures the essence of reading the "times," they say. it maintains the fonts, the columns, it integrates color images and videos. and this opens the door for a new pricing structure that many are hoping will save print media. gaming developers came onstage to show how the added screen real estate enhances the experience beyond gaming on the iphone. apple says the ipad will be available in just 60 days. for abc news, i'm becky worley in san francisco. >> i hope i can wait 60 days. i'm so excited about it. >> the good news is it's cheaper than everyone expected. everyone thought a thousand bucks. sounds like $499. >> starts at $499. i think the bigger model with more memory is a couple hundred bucks more than that. but still, pratt pretty cool stuff. for somebody who just got an
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president obama heads to tampa, florida, after delivering his first official state of the union address. >> the white house is hoping last night's speech will be the start of a recharged second year after what has been a rough patch for the president. we are joined this morning by abc political reporter karen traverse in washington. good morning, karen. >> good morning, jeremy. good morning, vinita. >> let's start out with some clips from last night's speech. something we heard the president say several times. take a listen. >> why washington has been unable or unwilling to solve any of our problems.
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you see, washington has been telling us to wait for decades. this can't be one of those washington gimmicks. deep and corrosive doubts about how washington works. but what frustrates the american people is a washington where every day is election day. >> we continuously heard the president refer to washington like it was some sort of outside entity. so the question is, isn't he washington now as well as the congress that is still controlled by democrats? >> reporter: he certainly made washington sound like a pretty terrible place in tonight's speech, but you're right, he is part of washington now. this is one year into his administration. at some point you can't keep pointing the finger backwards at the bush administration. this is now his washington. but this speech tonight for the whe house was a chance for president obama to change the direction, really to reset things and change the tone. washington is very unpopular. it's very easy to rally against that. he wants to separate himself from that. >> diane sawyer the other day
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asked about any possible changes. the white house began leaking some of the speech in addition. one line in particular started to create a lot of buzz and that is what he had to say about don't ask, don't tell. listen carefully to the wording. >> this year, i will work with congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are. it's the right thing to do. >> you can see the stone-faced joint chiefs. very carefully worded. the problem is are some not going to hear the specifics and expect the president to get the ban on gays repealed this year? if he doesn't, could he lose their support? >> reporter: that is key, the fact that the white house started to leak that over the last couple of days saying the president last night would drop that into hs sp but that was one sentence. 38 words. that was i in a speech that ladellpov our and i think it's very important k atoncohetha
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he says, i will work to try to repeal the don't ask, don't tell policy that prohibits gays from outwardly serving in the military. he didn't say he was going to get that t say it l b they're being very careful here. look at a thouse wheesde las wit enet. themselin. but you're right, there are a lot of gay rights groups very upset about the pace of progress. they say, we supported president obama in his campain a a bone there but it doesn't seem they want to box themselves in and say, we're going to get this done. >> there was an unusual moment when the president spoke out against last week's supreme court ruling, more or less saying the government can't punfro i want to lk about that a little bit in the sense that it's unusual for the president to criticize the court like this. for that matter it's also unl bction- ing noti
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>> with all due deference to separation of powers, last week the supreme court reversed a century of law that i believe will open the floodgates for special interests. including foreign coorations. to spend without limit in our elections. >> president obama last night very publicly, very blatantly, rebuked the supreme court for its decision last week where they said that corporations and lobbyists are allowed to give to political campaigns. the esident said it's going to open the floodgates. you can see justice alito there very much disagreeing with that, you can shake his head and see his mouth saying, that's not true. not only is it remarkable the president was so specific in calling out the supreme court, a court that ruled 5-4 in this decision, the conservatives being the majority there, it's remarkable a supreme court justice is being so political and giving it right back to the president. you know we're used to the republicans not standing ubut it's remarkable when it turns into som
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it is "skinny" time on a thursday. right? yeah. we've got a jam packed one starting with the interview everybody will be talking about within the next 24 hours, jay leno is going to be on oprah. here's a little taste. >> and it made me laugh when i'd open the paper and for the last six months i'd been in the paper every day. every day. almost on the front page. and it just sort of makes me laugh. and i'm on there for not sexual innuendos or drunk driving. i'm on there because of a tv show. and it just sort of -- i chuckle to myself a little bit about that. >> well, part of the reason i think that you're on there is because -- and it's so fascinating to me -- that america has taken sides. and a lot of people are not on your side.
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>> yeah, i understand that. >> and they're not on your side because they think that you have been selfish in this. do you see in any way how you've been selfish? >> has he been selfish? which side are you on? you can learn more today on oprah. she does ask him, have you called conan? he says, no, he hasn't picked up the phone just yet. one little tidbit. you'll want to watch that. >> that tease is excellent, i'm dying to know how he answers the rest of that. because he has been villa guide. >> he has. >> so brangelina -- by the way, did you see someone is calling us jerenita? it had a ring. >> i like it because the "jer" part is first. >> that was a segue into brangelina. there was all these rumors the past couple of weeks they had met with lawyers. maybe they were going their separate ways. an insider is now saying that just isn't the case, they say the power couple did indeed visit a high-powered lawyer last week but only to cover their assets. when i say assets, $330 million.
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so the person, the friend, the insider, is saying they aren't married so they basically always have to have their ducks in order to protect their children d property in case there's a rift in the future. >> i don't know, that sounds like a peculiar story. >> they're also saying -- a lot of people pointed to the s.a.g. awards and golden globes, why weren't they there together? they're saying, that's not out of character for the couple. they weren't nominated for anything. thing is they were in were nominated. >> we'll see. >> so you be the judge. >> subo had an intruder. >> another one. >> shortened, abbreviated name. susan boyle. she goes home. she's out at a charity event, recording a sine fo y rrd. and the she ran into the man as she returned to her home in the small scottish village of blackburn. police say there was some sort of disturbance. we don't know anything else. so car sub you remember that first kiss. this next story, i'm going to go
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by quickly, i think this person doesn't really require or deserve a lot ofre. if you'd heard about paul shirley, the formea pl who wrote that n about haiti, he's been fired by espn. keep in mind the letter was never actually on espn. he blogged for espn.com. espn has come out saying the views he expressed on another site do not at all reflect our company's views on the haiti reliefs. he will no longer cone too c >> we told you about him yesterday. he wrote that letter saying haitians should wear condoms. >> basically going on to say they caused this problem, peno th >> yes. >> sad passing to wrap up "the mbe rubn the name may not be familiar but we're going to show yo and you're going to be sad. this lady is sort of an icon of our childhood. she was in a lot of movies ing. she was in a few of the others. she's most famous for playing the claton "polterei she's that 4'3" character
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topping the stories to watch today on abc news -- the presidentakes his state of the union messages on the road, traveling with the vice president to florida to announce $8 billion in high-speed rail development. he'll go to maryland tomorrow and new hampshire next week. despite criticism that he didn't foresee the economic crisis, federal reserve chairman ben bernanke is expected to be given a second term today after a vote by the senate. and secretary of state hillary clinton is in london for a major conference on the future of afghanistan. finally this half hour, president obama's speech last night was the latest in a tradition that goes back to george washington. >> diane sawyer takes a look back. >> reporter: from that first moment 220 years ago when george washington urged presidential modesty and spoke just five minutes, to thomas jefferson who thought the state of the union
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reeked of monarchy and sent a written message instead, to the modern era ushered in by fdr with radio and television. the state of the union has been an arena. opponents sit on their hands, sometimes booing. advocates shout and cheer. and we hear the phrases that etch theiray onto the walls of our common history. >> madam speaker, the president of the united states. >> this administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in america. >> the era of big government is over. >> states like these and their terrorist allies constitute an axis of evil. >> reporter: in bold times and in bad times. >> needless to say, it would be understatement if i were not to admit that the year 1973 was not a very easy year for me personally or for my family.
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>> reporter: from watergate to a chastened president standing in the wreckage of a health care defeat. >> i know that last year, as the evidence indicates, we bit off more than we could chew. >> reporter: an accidental president tries honesty about the reeling economy. >> i've got bad news. and i don't expect much, if any, applause. >> reporter: we still come. to laugh. >> incidentally, i'm delighted you're celebrating the 100th birthday of the congress. it's always a pleasure to congratulate someone with more birthdays than i've had. >> a look back at states of the union past. we're getting feedback on our facebook fan page. brian wrote and said, i lost my job the same time president obama took office. i agree with everything he said, i still don't have a job, don't know how to pay my bills. >> teresa says,
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